news 30 Apr 13

Balkans Brace For a Scorching Spring

Region on alert as blast of hot weather takes temperatures across the 30-degree threshold in several countries.

BIRN
Skopje, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Tirana

Macedonia’s health ministry issued a warning on Wednesday that the country was entering a so-called yellow phase of heat alert, meaning temperatures above 30 degrees census and high UV radiation. The heat wave is expected to last until the end of the week.

The ministry advised people to stay out of direct sunlight during peak hours, wear light clothes and consume lighter food and a lot of fluids.

The state commission on climate changes said it was monitoring the situation.

Albania is also experiencing the first heat wave of the season this week, with temperatures reaching as high as 31 degrees in Tirana.

Health experts have advised Albanians to be particularly cautious, noting that sudden changes in temperatures can have adverse effects on small children and the elderly.

In Serbia, temperatures are also around 30 degrees, with forecasts of over 30 degrees for the rest of the week.

Temperatures in Bosnia and Herzegovina were similar, with the highest recorded on Monday in Banja Luka with 31 degrees.

Aside from the sudden increase in temperature, no major heat-related problems have been reported.

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